It is hard to really convince someone that an catastrophic event will occur. Catastrophic events are by nature unlikely. So when you see people prepping for doomsday it seems like it couldn’t possibly be sane much less a wise course of action. Really I have struggled with trying to convince people in my life why it is appropriate to be a prepper.
Typically the best wisdom concerning why you should be a prepper is that it is like an insurance policy. That being a prepper is a good idea in case something happens. It seems that the idea is that being a prepper is like having a golden parachute. I don’t think that is the case. I have a slightly different view of why it is wise to be a prepper. I think that being a prepper is more like being a fixer of problems than being immune from problems. In fact I think prepping is the only way it can save the world.
The wisest course of action when prepping is to prep in such a way that not only do you survive the event that you prep for but you also make that event less likely and less severe. I think as preppers we desperately want to be wrong. We want to be crazy for prepping. We never want the events we prep for to come to pass. So let’s look at some of the events that you might prep for. Environmental collapse, Peak Oil, Solar Events, Economic Collapse, Government Tyranny.
In all these events one might prep for – certain issues need to be addressed. Food production, Renewable Energy Production, Practical Skills, Healthcare, Alternative forms of transportation and much more. Basically all of your needs as a human need to be met as a prepper. There gets to be a point when Prepping stops becoming about the acquisition of material goods and starts being about the acquisition of skills. It is the logical conclusion that every person who preps comes to. That no amount of stuff alone will save you.
So you arrive at a certain point as a prepper where you need to start coming up with solutions to large problems. How do you grow food in a desert? How do you produce electricity if there is no power grid? How do you protect yourself? Hell, you might not find a solution to everything.
If you notice small cottage industries are rising up out of the prepping community. Some people are making tools. Some people are making chicken coops. Some people are making aquaponics systems. Classes are being taught. People are making a living and industries are forming for the prepper community.
This is happening on an open source model. It is harnessing the power of human innovation in such a way that we are all part of Research and Development for new technology and new solutions to very real problems. What is truly amazing is the pace at which this is happening.
We are becoming less reliant on a centralized power structure. It may seem unorganized and chaotic at times. That is a good thing. We don’t need the government to start making Green Jobs for the future. We don’t need large corporations to bring our manufacturing jobs back home. We are doing that on our own.
Preppers are turning garbage things we used to throw away into usable things. Shipping containers are being used as housing. Pallets are turning into chicken coops. Industrial Laundry soap containers are being turned into rain barrels. Alternators and car batteries are being turned into wind generators. This is just some of the things preppers are doing.
Rocket Mass stoves are saving forests in Africa by reducing the amount of wood needed for people to cook with. Aquaponics is saving our oceans from being over fished an the amount of water needed to grow crops. Polyculture gardening is stopping the use of pesticides. Composting is reducing how much stuff goes in landfills. Prepping is already having an impact on the way things are going.
As we start addressing these issues they shrink the impact of the things that will harm us no matter what it is you are prepping for. Change is not going to come from the Government. Do you think that our Congress is going to reform our energy policy? Are they going to stop us from going to war to protect oil? No.
We can have an Armed Rebellion of the government but it won’t eliminate the problems we face at the end of the day. We still need to address these issues. The only way things will change is if we do this on our own…
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